Friday, February 17, 2012

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s been just over a year since I started writing a column for Yummy magazine and I must say I have been having a ball.  This blog has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and remains to be, but writing for a magazine is something altogether different.  It’s another medium for me to reach out to fellow food lovers, as well as, hopefully, a few tentative souls who need a little encouragement to get into the kitchen and experience the total joy and liberation of creating one’s own nourishment.  It’s also something physically tangible that I can show off to my mum ;)  (Yes, I think I’ll always be that little girl happy to take her stars home to mama)

The Yummy team, those I have met thus far, are all darlings and I so enjoy working with them.  And for someone who has to rely on the same four plates and three placemats, having someone come over lugging a little shopping cart full of dishes and an oversized canvas bag (monogrammed to boot!) stuffed with fabrics and backgrounds, is quite the thrill really.  I think my food loves it just as much as I do!

If you haven’t picked the magazine up yet I encourage you to give these guys a go.  Simple recipes that don’t scrimp on flavor, interesting and relevant features, and a nice clean look.  Oh yes, and there is my wee column, “Family Kitchen”, where I share recipes from my own family table.

Here’s a recipe that came out in my column last March.  Just in case you didn't catch it then :)

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

- Cream the butter and both sugars together until light and creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Add the Nutella and beat until combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until just combined.  Do not over stir.
- Fold in chips and the nuts gently just until well distributed.
- Drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls on a parchment lined baking sheet about 1.5-2 inches apart.
- Bake in a 375F pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest for a couple of minutes on the baking pan before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

These cookies spread a lot during baking.  You can chill them to minimize the spread but I prefer not to – leaving their edges almost crispy and their thin middles butterscotchy in their chewiness.  Although the actual Nutella flavor is faint, I like the cookie so much that I keep making it the same way.  My original recipe for Yummy has no nuts and was meant to be frozen in a log (to be sliced up and baked later) – which of course you can opt to do here as well.

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I am happy to be a part of the Yummy roster once again this year.  I have a lot planned for my little column so I hope you take a peek one of these days.  I am also thrilled that they have given me a lovely new 2-page layout!  I couldn’t stop smiling the day I saw it :)

Now I’m off to pack for another weekend beach trip!  So I’ll leave you with these cookies…and a weekend full of hours in which to bake them :)  Wish me good weather!

18 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oooohhh, those must be divine! Anything with Nutella is irresistible... ;-)

Cheers,

Rosa

Juan @ Blue Sauger Coupons said...

I must say that the thought of nutella and that beach is making me wish I wasn't stuck in the middle of winter right now :P

Junglefrog said...

Ooo that beach makes me long even more for summer! Love the look of those cookies!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! I agree...love Nutella!!

Hi Juan! Well, with the way it heats up here sometimes I wish we had a winter!

Hi Simone! It actually isn't yet summer here but we take advantage when the weather is sunny :)

Midge said...

Have fun on the beach - but are you sure those cookies will make it there with you? They look so good, they'll get eaten BEFORE you even go!

[pinkc00kies] said...

who would say no to nutella & chocolate?! :)) love this.

Tangled Noodle said...

Congratulations on your continued success with Yummy, especially your new layout!! As for this recipe, all I will say is that I have a jar of Nutella in the cupboard that was just waiting... ;-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! Haha! They definitely made it to the beach and we enjoyed them there :) Of course, I did have to taste them before we went; just to be sure they were yummy ;)

Hi pinkc00kies! You certainly won’t find me saying no to Nutella and chocolate! ;)

Hi Tracey! Thank you!! Go for it I say!

redmenace said...

I wil check out the magazine. Thanks. I LOVE nutella. It's amazing and so are these cookies, I'm sure.

Jessica said...

These look so yummy! Wish they sold Nutella in Tokyo :(
Thanks for the recipe though xoxo

ChichaJo said...

Hi Redmenace! Nutella is a pantry staple for sure over here :)

Hi Jessica! I'm sure you can find it over there! I always imagined Tokyo had everything and anything you could ever want :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

These cookies look amazing! I love Nutella in anything. I hope you had a good time, sweetie! xx

cuucakestoronto said...

Wow Cookies look amazing! i also love Nutella. Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies are also my favorite....Thanks

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dudut said...

i love nutella and i love cookies! combining them is just simply awesome!

got to browse back to my old issues of yummy and look for you :)

hooray for another year with yummy!and for that two page layout :) woohoo!

The Food Hunter said...

Yum!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Patricia! We had a blast! Nutella is one of life's pleasures :)

Thanks Cupcakes Toronto :)

Thanks Dudut! Yes, Nutella truly rocks!

Thanks Foodhunter :)

Kat said...

Hi Joey! I just wondered, what brand of butter do you use?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kat! I use Anchor pure New Zealand butter, unsalted :) If I want to splurge then I'll get one of the French or Danish brands :)